The Event Design Lab

The Event Design Lab will allow your team to think through critical elements, such as strategic social change goals, effective facilitation, session design, & participant engagement to produce an event that maximises interaction and minimises power imbalances to harness the power of the collective. The lab will also help you determine appropriate formats, including virtual and hybrid events.

The Event Design Lab is a related offering to The Session Design Lab, a regularly run workshop for individuals designing online sessions. The Virtual Event Design Lab builds on FabRiders’ collaborations with Aspiration and experience supporting large technology and social change events, such as MozFest & RightsCon

We offer the lab as a bespoke design tailored to meet your specific needs and goals. What follows is an example lab sequence. Each day is a three-hour virtual session that can run over four consecutive days or spread out over two weeks. 

Day 1

The Big Picture

This session will engage the team in defining a vision of success for the event that aligns and contributes to your organisation’s social change strategies. We will also define pathways for co-creation with stakeholders and articulate how relevant communities and networks will be strengthened. Individuals in the team will also be able to define their learning goals in contributing to the event.

Day 2

Effective sessions

This session will strengthen team facilitation skills by including an overview of adult learning theory and how that translates into meeting, training & workshop formats. The team will also compile a list of facilitation and session design best practices for future use.

Day 3

Maximising Participant Engagement

This session will focus on how to scale adult learning methodologies and support effective session delivery during the event. The team will focus on participant engagement that will sustain momentum post-event and contribute to your movement-building efforts

Day 4

Event Essentials

This session will engage the team in mapping out stakeholder needs during the event, defining roles and the tech/virtual elements needed to support. We will draft a narrative about the event to engage stakeholders and ensure their contribution. We will finish with a road mapping exercise to plan the journey from here to the event date.


If you’re interested in the Event Design Lab please send an email to workshops (at) or use the form below.